Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System suggests that information technology in criminal justice will continue to challenge us to think about how we turn information into knowledge, who can use that knowledge, and for what purposes. In this text, editor April Pattavina synthesizes the growing body of research in information technology and criminal justice. Contributors examine what has been learned from past experiences, what the current state of IT is in various components of the criminal justice system, and what challenges lie ahead.

Acquiring, Implementing, and Evaluating Information Technology

Acquiring, implementing, and evaluating information technology
Lois M.Davis and Brian A.Jackson

In pursuit of public safety, the application of information technology (IT)1 to criminal justice applications has many potential benefits. Improved availability and use of information can increase the efficiency of police operations, resulting in more effective crime control at lower cost or reduced risk to law enforcement officers. In the court system, IT has the potential to facilitate court operations and improve application of the large body of legal precedent and knowledge to prosecution and sentencing. In a corrections environment, IT systems can make important contributions to the operation of correctional facilities, helping to ensure that the prison population is managed both safely and appropriately. In addition, integrating justice agencies' ...

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